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Corey, Adam and I (Amir) left Vancouver at 1:00pm on Saturday Sept 19, 2009 heading toward Ashlu peak parking lot. We expected a rough ride with heavily overgrown bushes on the sides and sure it was. 30 Km logging road nearly took us 3 hours to finish and that included half an hour challenging with a deep and wet water bar where my high clearance 4Runner got stuck. The overgrown alder could also damage the paint job on the car. After all we made it through and got to the broken bridge at the end of the road at 5:00pm. We decided to hike in to have a head start for next morning as daylight was short on the next day. After hiking for 1:30 hr we found an open area that was suitable to camp. This was located 1 hr below the small plateau. The rainy night ended up freezing on our tents, covered the peaks with a thin layer of snow and made the rocks very slippery to walk on. The situation improved as day went on since we had a very nice and sunny day on Sunday, our summit day. We left the camp at 6:30am heading toward the steep talus. A bit of scrambling got us to the top of the basin. From this point the route finding could be a bit tricky and one has to keep close eye on the cairns. Heading east and following the snow ramp got us to the base of Ahslu sub-summit where we chose the short-cut gully on the left rather than the prominent sub-summit ridge further up. I suspect we did not make a significant time improvement by choosing this gully as it involved quite a bit of lose rock scrambling. We made it to the col at 11:00am where two of use decided to push for summit. At 11:35am, Adam and I were on the summit and enjoyed the gorgeous view of coast mountain peaks along with 360 degree view of glaciers around us. Despite half-cloudiness of the day, Mt. Garibaldi, Skypilots and Tantalus range were easy to spot. We started the descent at 11:55am. Going off-route on one section of descent took us to a tricky spot where we had to use a hand-line to down-climb a wet and vertical 10 meter wall. By 4:30pm we were at the camp to quickly wrap up the tent and head to the parking lot before sun set. The drive on logging road was successfully done with the exception of having a flat tire right after finishing the gravel road! The area is very beautiful and highly recommended. One of the areas that without carrying any technical gear, you will get to see tons of glaciers! Great trip indeed, (Pictures are attached) Amir Khanlou
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